Cathedral Outreach Ministries

Director of Outreach:

jane snyder pic 2Jane Snyder is our Director of Outreach Ministries, having come to us from St. Joseph Church where she served for ten years.  She is enjoying meeting parishioners and helping them find ways to serve as the Hands & Feet of Christ in our community!

 

Cathedral Outreach Ministries include:

Highland Blessing Dinner

In 2012, eight Highland area churches combined their volunteers to support the Highland Blessing Dinner. Cathedral volunteers are needed every third Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00pm to serve a FREE hot meal at the Highland Center.  Orientation begins at 5:00 pm and the meal is served at 6:00 pm.  The guests are our neighbors in the Highland area and whoever comes to our door.  The meal is served family-style with table linens and dishes.  Since this joint ministry began, more Shreveport/Bossier churches have joined and it has continued to grow.  Tookie Barr helps provide music on St. John’s night!

Hope Connections Meals for the Homeless

Several area Catholic Church parishes prepare dinner every other Monday at Hope Connections, a day shelter for the homeless on Levy Street.  Our St. John Berchmans’ volunteers prepare and serve one Monday every other month to approximately sixty clients.  If you are interested in volunteering, email Jane.

HOPE CONNECTIONS SHOWERS AND BATHS   In addition to the meals, 5 Catholic churches help to supply the shower areas at the Hope Connections where 35-50 homeless people take showers daily.  They are in need of liquid soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your donations to the Church Office.

VOA Veterans Meal

On the last Sunday of the month volunteers prepare/deliver/serve at 11:15 am, dinner to the 56 residents of the Veterans Transitional Living Center located a few blocks down the street from the Cathedral on Jordan.  Call the Cathedral office if this is something in which you would like to participate.  Click here to learn more about VOA programs.

St. Raphael’s Guild

This ministry helps the needy and elderly of the parish (hosting bingo games at local nursing homes) and also provides greeters for funerals at the Cathedral.  Would you like to join our Guild? Call the Office for information.

St. Michael’s  Meal Ministry of St. Raphael’s Guild

This special group prepares a meal for families of the parish who have recently lost a loved one.  Volunteers are needed!  Call the Office for more information.

Meals on Wheels Program

Meals on Wheels is a service designed to help seniors, over the age of 60 and home-bound, maintain their independence as they face financial, physical, or emotional hardships.  We are one of many drop off points for the meals prepared by the Caddo Council On Aging.  Volunteers deliver the meals Monday-Thursday mornings. For more information, contact Mary Kay.

Welcome Baby Ministry

Volunteers prepare and deliver a meal to Cathedral families with newborns.
To learn more about volunteering, please contact Jane Snyder at 221-5296.

Mary’s House – Embrace Grace

Looking for an outlet for your compassion?  Embrace Grace – 12 week program for single and pregnant women to learn that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.  So begins their journey …. “To convert someone, go and take them by the hand and guide them.” St. Thomas Aquinas.
Ways to become involved – Team Support for 12 week evening class, Event Teams (twice a year), Baby Shower Team or Princess Day Team.  To learn more about volunteering, email L’Anne at maryshouse.sport@gmail.com.

Catholic Charities

 

Kairos Prison Ministry

This ministry is a multi-denominational group that assists inmates to develop a Christian community inside the walls of prison. New volunteers are always needed.  For more information click here, Kairos Inside Brochure.

knights-of-columbus-and-other-volunteers-at-hope-connecctions
Knights of Columbus and others
at October Hope Connections dinner

VOA Veterans Meal award luncheon 2016
I’m excited to let you know that The Cathedral of St John Berchmans was the recipient of the Volunteer of America of North Louisiana’s Ellen Brown Spirit of Volunteerism award in April at the VOA Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at East Ridge Country Club.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers who generously serve in our community. Often quietly and  behind the scenes they are  an example of the “Hands and Feet of Christ” to those who are living on the margins in our area.  Congratulations and Thanks to all of you,  Jane

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING,
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN
FEED THE HUNGRY:

Third Thursdays, 5-7pm, Highland Blessing Meals for Highland residents in need

Last Sunday, lunch for VOA Veteran’s Home residents

8 Wednesdays a year, help with the Hope Connections Meal for 50+ homeless clients

 

Corporal Works of Mercy*:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead.

* Participate in our Lenten Corporal
Works of Mercy Program

Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  • Instruct the uninformed
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Admonish sinners
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive offenses willingly
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Pray for the living and the dead

 

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI explains in his encyclical Deus Caritas Est that charity is a responsibility of individuals and the Church: Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety.

As a community, the Church must practice love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community. [# 20]  So, we ask ourselves, how can we, as parishioners, practice love of neighbor?
Become involved in a cathedral ministry!

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